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New Customs Collector Appointed in Cayman Islands
Friday, 21 August 2015 11:54

charles_cliffordWell known former government minister and local attorney-at-law, Mr. Charles Clifford said he is very happy to be the Cayman Islands’ new Collector of Customs.

Mr. Clifford, who views “every new challenge as an opportunity”, said on his second day on the job today (Tuesday, 18 August 2015) that his main tasks will be revenue maximization for the Government and ensuring that Customs remains a robust partner with the other law enforcement agencies of Immigration and Police.

In addition, he will concentrate on succession planning and staff welfare. This will include a salary review for junior officers to ensure these officers, who are an integral part of the “excellent staff” in place at the Customs Department, get salary parity with their counterparts in Immigration and Police departments, Mr. Clifford said.

He is looking forward to bringing to his challenging new assignment his considerable experience in public life. This includes 23 years in the civil service (with 17 of them with the RCIPS), his administrative acumen gained including as Permanent Secretary which was followed by four years as Minister of Tourism, Environment, Investment and Commerce.

He also brings to the job his significant legal expertise, the qualifications for which he successfully completed from the Truman Bodden Law School/University of Liverpool, while in office and subsequent call to the bar.

Catch his comments on CIGTV today on Westar Channel 20/Logic Channel 23 at 6 and 7 pm.

(GIS)

 
CCLEC attends the 2015 WCO Conference and Exibition
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 11:36

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Regional and international delegates assembled at the 2015 WCO IT Conference and Exhibition  took place from May 6th to 8th in Grand Bahama(Free Port). Hosted in conjunction with the Customs & Excise Department of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the occasion marked the first time the technology Conference was held in the Caribbean region. The event focused primarily on strengthening links between key stakeholders in the trade process, this being an integral component of the WCO’s 2015 mandate.

The Conference and Exhibition examined both modern IT-related developments as well as the issues which impact the movement of goods and services on the global and regional scale. The feature address by Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of WCO at the opening, paved the way for meaningful discourse on sustainable and improved partnerships between Customs and governmental agencies on one part, and the private sector on the other.  Mr. Mikuriya underscored a number of initiatives aimed at enhancing Customs coordination regionally. These included “improved automated transit procedures, data exchange and mutual recognition of Authorized Economic Operators.”

Mr. Paul Hilaire, Permanent Secretary for CCLEC delivered the key note address on the subject “Globally Networked Customs”. This address preceded panel discussions which examined various IT utility blocks used to network customs units in the sharing of information at the global level. The discussions covered the technical, logistical and legislative issues which organizations face together with the methods used to transcend barriers and challenges which are faced. The CCLEC took the opportunity to be a part of these discussions as the Council commissions the development of its own regional trade information system in the fight of commercial fraud.

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2015 Award Nominations
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:12

IntegrityAwards2The Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) recognizes the importance of integrity in public service. Accordingly, CCLEC inivtes nominations  of employees, units, or organizations demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to the values of their customs service through exceptional acts of courage, honor and dedication to duty.

The award is presented at the CCLEC Annual Conference, though it does not have to be awarded on an annual basis.  

 

 
Executive Committee supports move for extensive use of technology to deliver CCLEC’s program
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:06

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The CCLEC Executive Committee recently met in Bermuda to discuss, amongst other things, its work program and the formalization of cooperation between its members through the establishment of a treaty. The Executive Committee which consists of Anguilla, Bermuda (Chair), BVI, Dominican Republic , France, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Vincent and UK meets three times a year to review and approve the work program of the Secretariat.

High on CCLEC’s work program is the use of electronic technologies for training, facilitation and enforcement. During the next few months CCLEC will launch its own e-learning platform for a number of Customs training and plans are in train for the upgrade of SailClear, an electronic system which allows yacht persons to provide Customs with arrival notification. The upgrade will allow clearance for pre approved users to enter a country (where the system is operating) without having to go through the traditional process of clearing Customs and Immigration.

CCLEC is thankful for Bermuda’s unwavering support to the organization and the tremendous hospitality extended to delegates during the meeting.

The next meeting of the Committee will be held in March 2015.

 
Caribbean IT System Assists in £40 Million Cocaine Seizure
Monday, 10 November 2014 09:22
A yacht carrying around £40million of cocaine headed for the UK has been seized after a dramatic chase off the Caribbean island of Martinique.
The vessel - SY Hygeia of Halsa - was boarded by French customs and two men from Jersey have been arrested after officers discovered around 250kg of the Class A drug.
It followed an investigation involving the Metropolitan Police, their French counterparts and officials from the National Crime Agency (NCA)

handout_photo_issA yacht carrying around £40million of cocaine headed for the UK has been seized after a dramatic chase off the Caribbean island of Martinique.The vessel - SY Hygeia of Halsa - was boarded by French customs and two men from Jersey have been arrested after officers discovered around 250kg of the Class A drug.It followed an investigation involving the Metropolitan Police, their French counterparts and officials from the National Crime Agency (NCA)

They had been following a London-based organised crime group, with connections to the Caribbean, suspected of being involved in the large-scale importation of class A drugs. 

Officers accosted the UK-registered ship off the island of Martinique on Monday as it began a transatlantic crossing.

'Our investigation into the organised crime network involved in this attempt continues.' 

Detective Superintendent Neil Thompson said: 'It is clear that the drugs recovered would have been distributed throughout the streets of London and beyond, generating further criminality and fuelling gang activity.

'If you deal in drugs in any scale we will find you, we will arrest you, and you will face the consequences of your actions.'

This is the second significant seizure of Class A drugs on a sailing vessel destined for the UK in recent weeks.

Two months ago, around a tonne of cocaine was seized by the Irish Naval Service acting on information supplied by the NCA.

 

Source: UK Mail Online

 

 
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